Random Acts of Christmas Kindness, Week 3

It’s been another week and we’ve completed our 24 days of Random Acts of Christmas Kindness. We got the idea from Coffee Cups and Crayons.

On the 18th (Sunday), we fed the birds. It got really cold the night before (okay, it was in the 40s during the day, but for where we live, that’s cold) so the birds were slow to come out, but eventually we saw some of them eating the seeds we tossed out in our front and back yards.

On the 19th (Monday), we wrote happy notes and took them to the library and put them in random books on the shelves. Hopefully, some people will get a nice smile or pick me up some time in the future thanks to those notes.

On the 20th (Tuesday), we put a Sonic gift card in an envelope addressed to our mail carrier in the outgoing mail slot. We just hope she noticed it when she pulled out the mail.

On the 21st (Wednesday), we gathered up carts from the Target parking lot and put them nicely in the corrals to make it easier for the employees who have to bring the carts in. Cameron did it with no shoes on. He hates wearing shoes no matter what the temperature unless he absolutely has to (today was mid-60s, but even when we were in the 40s he still refused to wear them).

On the 22nd (Thursday), we made blueberry muffins and took them to the people who work at our pharmacy. I don’t think people tend to take pharmacists Christmas treats because they were pretty surprised.

On the 23rd (Friday), we candy cane bombed a parking lot. It was oddly fun! (And Cameron did it barefoot yet again.)

On the 24th (Saturday), we drew pictures and took them to one of our local nursing homes and gave them out to some of the residents. They were so happy to get them. We were rewarded with a whole lot of big smiles.

So that a wrap on our 2016 Random Acts of Christmas Kindness. We had so much fun with it. We’ve decided to do some sort of random act of kindness once a month January through November and then do the 24 days again next December. It’s so nice to spread happy and, as Fritz said as we were candy cane bombing, “This really feels kind of good.”

Random Acts of Christmas Kindness, Week 2

We’ve completed another week of Random Acts of Christmas Kindness. We got the idea from Coffee Cups and Crayons.

On the 11th (Sunday), we held the door for people. Cameron has started making funny faces in pictures for some reason.

On the 12th (Monday), we went around our neighborhood and brought all our neighbors’ trash cans up to their garages. We hung candy canes on the cans. I must say I am glad we have such a small neighborhood. That was more work than I expected!

On the 13th (Tuesday), Jamie taped a baggie of change on a vending machine where he works. I hope whoever found it truly enjoyed their treat.

On the 14th (Wednesday), we did chore for or otherwise helped other people. For example, Cameron swept the stairs for me, Adrian put away some dishes for Fritz, and Fritz volunteered to help decorate for the Christmas party at church.

On the 15th (Thursday), we gave a scratch-off lottery ticket to a random stranger. Even if it wasn’t a winner, we hope they had fun doing the scratching!

On the 16th (Friday), we took cookies to the fire station. They gave us a tour! The little guys have taken a few tours there in the past, but every one is different. While we were there we got to watch several of the guys leave with the lights on and sirens blaring. A woman had gone into labor early and was in severe pain so they were off to get her to the hospital and hopefully not deliver a baby on the way.

On the 17th (Saturday), we took some dog and cat toys and treats to the Animal Defense League (where we got Lola). We almost came home with a another dog, but Lola is determined to stay an only.

Random Acts of Christmas Kindness, Week 1

This year during December we are doing daily Random Acts of Kindness leading up to Christmas. We got the idea from Coffee Cups and Crayons. We switched around and changed some of the ideas to fit our schedule a bit better. The first week (and a half) we did some fun stuff.

On the 1st (Thursday), we dropped pennies heads up on the sidewalk in front of taekwondo, church, and the elementary school where the boys went (I noticed the pennies in front of taekwondo were gone by Saturday and the pennies at church were gone by Sunday afternoon).

On the 2nd (Friday), we picked up trash on a small stretch of sidewalk next to our neighborhood. We picked up dozens of cigarette butts, cups, straws, and even a bath mat! We did not do a very long stretch of road and yet we had quite a lot of trash in our 13 gallon trash bag. Fritz said he hopes we would inspire 100 other people to pick up trash around where they live. It wouldn’t take much time and would make our world a much nicer place.

On the 3rd (Saturday), we handed out stickers to children out shopping with their parents. We had 24 sheets of stickers in 4 different designs. The looks of amazement turning to joy on the children’s faces as we gave them out was so awesome. One thing is for sure. Kids love stickers!

On the 4th (Sunday), we each did a secret act of kindness. I can’t say what those little random acts of kindness were (because they are secret, of course!), but it was fun finding something to do.

On the 5th (Monday), we left two bottles of bubbles in front of our next door neighbor’s door. We even managed to leave them there without them noticing.

On the 6th (Tuesday), we gave our taekwondo instructor a six-pack of his favorite soda, Mountain Dew. It really is fun to just randomly give people things.

On the 7th (Wednesday), we gave cookies to our other next door neighbor. We had intended to make them, but we were out of our flour blend and didn’t have enough white rice flour to make more. So Jamie picked up the best cookies ever (the only ones I miss) on his way home: Chips Ahoy Chew Chocolate Chip. Our neighbor was so surprised and excited when we rang their bell and gave them the cookies. Our neighborhood is mostly one of those where you just wave and nod at your neighbors. We don’t really know any of them so that somehow made it even nicer to do this.

On the 8th (Thursday), we made hug coupons. This was an extra hard one for Cameron. He does not like to be hugged. He really never has. Adrian made one for Ani and she turned it in for her hug right away, but then asked if she could keep the coupon since his 8-year-old boy handwriting is so adorable.

On the 9th (Friday), we left bags of microwave popcorn on the Red Box machines outside our local Walgreens. Hopefully someone’s movie night got just a little bit more fun.

On the 10th (Saturday), we went to Chick-Fil-A and paid for the meal of the car behind us. It was a family with a couple little ones. We told the guy running the drive-thru to wish them a Merry Christmas.